All major changes to Covid restrictions from 6am

IRELAND is set to see new normal returns from Saturday onwards – as major Covid restrictions are set to lift.

Taoiseach Michael Martin claims Ireland has “passed Omicron .” storm” as he announced major changes to our handling of the pandemic.

Taoiseach Michael Martin announces that almost all Covid measures will be removed from tomorrow morning


Taoiseach Michael Martin announces that almost all Covid measures will be removed from tomorrow morning

Almost all Covid-19 measures will be lifted from 6am on Saturday,

The only rules that will apply will be masks, self-isolation after testing positive for the virus, and a Covid card for international travel.

Here’s everything we know about the big changes.


From 6 a.m. on Saturday January 22, the restrictions will be lifted as follows:

  • Guidance regarding household visits has been removed.
  • Early closing times for entertainment and events have been eliminated.
  • Capacity restrictions for outdoor events, including sporting equipment, no longer apply.
  • Capacity restrictions for indoor events, including weddings, are gone.
  • Restrictions on nightclubs are being lifted – although nightclubs do not yet have a special waiver to stay open and may not return to normal hours until Wednesday.
  • The requirements for a valid Digital Covid Certificate to enter various facilities will be removed

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  • The official requirements for general physical distance (2m) no longer apply.
  • Physical distancing requirements in hospitality services – such as waiters, 1 meter between tables, 6 per table – have been cut.
  • Just sitting at indoor events is no longer expected.
  • group 6 for indoor activities
  • Vivid pass requirements on all locations/activities in the country
  • request to maintain contact details


From Monday, January 24th, the return to actual participation in the workplace may begin in phases tailored to each sector.


There are very few rules in place following Friday’s announcement but these public health measures will remain in place until February 28, 2022:

  • requirements for mask wearing in all settings are currently specified for
  • protective measures in schools and early learning and care facilities
  • continue to follow the current advice for people with symptoms, cases and close contacts announced by the government on January 12, 2022
  • no changes to existing measures related to international travel including the travel requirement for a Digital COVID Certificate


Wearing a mask will still be required in the following settings:

  • public transport, taxis and at train stations/airports/harbours
  • retail facilities – including shopping malls, libraries, cinemas, theatres, museums, post offices, banks, public offices, and at establishments that provide specific services and businesses including hair salons, hair salons, travel agencies, laundromats, dry cleaners, bookstores
  • customers are faced with roles within the establishment where food and beverages are sold for consumption on the premises

Children nine years of age and older are recommended to wear face coverings on public transport, retail and other indoor public facilities as is currently required for those 13 years of age and older.

Children in grade three and up in elementary school must wear masks.

SELF Isolation

People will still self-isolate after being confirmed positive for Covid-19.

People should now self-isolate for at least seven days after symptoms begin – or the first day they test positive if they have no symptoms.

People should come out of self-isolation after these seven days if symptoms have mostly or completely resolved in the last two days.

These rules apply to people 13 years of age or older who are at least seven days after their booster shot or have had their first vaccine and have contracted the virus within three months.


While it is no longer required for indoor entertainment, a European Union Digital Vibration Certificate is still required for international travel.

Vaccinated or rehabilitated travelers to Ireland must present proof of a valid EU Digital Certificate or other acceptable proof of previous Covid-19 vaccination/infection prior to travel calendar

Unvaccinated or recovered travelers are required to present proof of a negative (‘undetected’) RT-PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland All major changes to Covid restrictions from 6am

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